Continuing my pattern of slightly-better-than-meh romcoms, Love Lettering was another book that it seemed like I should really enjoy. Meg designs and hand-letters all sorts of things – planners, wedding invitations, inspirational wall-hangings, you name it. She’s somewhat famous within those circles on social media, and is hoping to win a spot designing her own line of items for a company that publishes planners/to-do lists/cards/etc., although recently she just hasn’t been feeling the magic of inspiration. But one day, a guy walks in the door of the shop where she works – a guy Meg didn’t think she would ever see again, because the last time she saw him, she was designing all the paper for his wedding. But here he is, unmarried – and he says that part of the reason is because of the message Meg hid in the wedding program.
Part of my problem with this book was Meg herself. She’s absurdly nonconfrontational, and it got on my nerves so hard. I don’t like going out and getting in someone’s face, but if it’s someone that I’m close to, I want to talk things through and fix what’s going on, not continue to live with my best friend while completely ignoring the fact the fact that she’s obviously super mad at me about something FOR MONTHS. Then there’s this whole thing with the secret messages that Meg sometimes leaves in her designs. Little things, like only having certain letters drop in a phrase, and those letters spell out a word. It’s just never clear as to why. Like I can understand when it’s someone Meg knows, and this is her little passive-aggressive thing since she literally is incapable of having an even vaguely confrontational conversation with anyone, but why does she do this with total strangers, like the wedding program? It’s never really explained in any way, and it aggravated me because it ended up just coming across as a plot device so this guy would come back into Meg’s life.
Meg spontaneously invites this guy to start taking some walks with her around the city, and it makes zero sense that (a) she invites him or (b) that he accepts. It goes completely against both of their personalities and left me feeling rather confused.
Finally, as they get more serious about their relationship, part of the reason Meg feels like it won’t work is because Reid really wants to move out of NYC. That’s it, end of discussion. They literally never discuss the possibility of Meg leaving NYC despite the fact that Reid genuinely hates living in the city, and Meg freaking WORKS FROM HOME. It’s not even that I would expect Meg to “sacrifice” her preference for Reid, it was the fact that it was never on the table. Either Reid had to decide he was cool with living in NYC for the rest of his life, or the relationship was over. And that didn’t feel remotely fair to Reid.
Despite all these complaints, I’ve still given the book a 3.5* rating (albeit one I rounded down rather than up on Goodreads). That’s because I honestly did, for the most part, still enjoy the story. When Meg isn’t being an inconsistent little wuss, she was a perfectly nice character, and a lot of the little adventures were fun. I wouldn’t necessarily avoid Clayborn’s books in the future, but I’m not on a mission to find what else she’s written, either.